Declaration against war and authoritarianism
for the affirmation of human freedom and dignity

Planet Earth, 26th February 2022

The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) expresses its solidarity with all the people who are experiencing their present situation with difficulty and fear due to armed conflicts and who are suffering the repression of fundamental freedoms by authoritarian regimes.

We are close to colleagues from our section in Ukraine who are suffering from the invasion of their nation and are trying to resist the barbarism of war. We are also close to those Russian scientists and intellectuals who are courageously manifesting their rejection of war and demanding the right to peace.

Likewise, we cannot forget our colleagues in Myanmar who are experiencing government repression and our colleagues in Afghanistan, including those of the local IAPG section, for the harsh living conditions in which freedom, health and safety are not guaranteed. We are also close to our colleagues in Yemen, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in all those countries in which governments or groups of powers don’t respect the fundamental Human Rights of United Nations.

The IAPG rejects war and oppression for the resolution of conflicts and supports all those who fight for the affirmation of human dignity and for freedom from the oppression of dictatorships and fundamentalisms.

We strongly affirm that all human beings must be guaranteed dignity, freedom and knowledge. Everyone has the right to be able to live in freedom, health and safety and at the same time has the duty to responsibly guarantee freedom, health and safety to other human beings.

We are convinced that power must be implemented as a responsible exercise of community service, for the construction of more just, equitable, inclusive, supportive, peaceful, sustainable and ecologically oriented societies.

The revival of nationalistic models is anachronistic and represents a real threat to humanity, which instead, precisely in the recognition of its unity, albeit in the diversity of the cultures that constitute it, is beginning to cultivate that feeling of planetary citizenship that can accompany it towards a future of solidarity.

We invite the international scientific community, geosciences organizations and beyond, to sign this declaration.

Support this declaration by sending an email to: iapgeoethics@gmail.com

 

Supporting organizations/institutions:

  • International Geoscience Education Organisation (IGEO)

  • International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG)

  • International Association for the Conservation of Geological Heritage (ProGEO)

  • International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG)

  • International Commission on Stratigraphy (IUGS-ICS)

  • Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES)

  • Geological Association of Canada (GAC)

  • Associação Portuguesa de Geólogos (Portuguese Association of Geologists)

  • Verband für Geographie an deutschsprachigen Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen - VGDH (Association for Geography at German-speaking Universities and Research Institutions)

  • Austrian Association of Academic Geography (Geographieverband.at)

  • Department of Geography and Regional Studies, Klagenfurt University, Germany

  • Instituto Terra e Memória, Portugal

  • Unesco Chair on Geoparks, Sustainable Development and Healthy Lifestyles, Portugal

  • South African National Geography Olympiad

  • Danbury Mineralogical Society, USA

Signatories:

Silvia Peppoloni, Stefano Tinti, Peter T. Bobrowsky, Giuseppe Di Capua, Vincent S. Cronin, Roberto Greco, Ezzoura Errami, Susan W. Kieffer, Yuriy Kostyuchenko, Elizabeth Rovere, Arinze Ikwumelezeh, Maria Triantaphyllou, Parviz Armani, Gerassimos A. Papadopoulos, Mamoon Allan, Clara Vasconcelos, Paulo Emanuel Fonseca, Yüksel Örgün, David Mogk, Kholoud Mohamed, Dundar Caglan, Dominic Hildebrandt, Moisés Alejandro Gadea Villalba, Simon Schneider, Domingo Alfonso Martin Sanchez, Mohammad Salem Hossaini, Shree Prasad Vista, Paul Hubley, Bárbara Zambelli Azevedo, Daniel DeMiguel, Pedro Isique, Ameer Hayder Khalid, Asadullah Farahmand, Roberto Violante, Manuel Abrunhosa, David Crookall, Martin Bohle, Ciro Manzo, Vitor Correia, Mike Buchanan, Roberto Lencina, Aleksandar Antić, Rosa Maria Di Maggio, John Ludden, Luiz Oosterbeek, Mauro Soldati, Giorgio Lollino, Sandra Villacorta, Marie Cowan, George Eynon, Ashutosh Bhardwaj, Vic Semeniuk, Enrico Cameron, Gavin Mudd, Claudio Margottini, David Cuevas Miranda, Md. Reza, Muhammad Awais, Graca Machado, Miguel Llorente Isidro, Matthew Hughes, Celso Dal Ré Carneiro, Murali Kochukrishnan, Ioanna Triantafyllou, Jostina Dhimitri, Sean McMahon, Sarah Bettany, Rosely Aparecida Liguori Imbernon, Negasi Awetehey Nega, John Macadam, Marco Davide Tonon, Hsan Wynn, Elizabeth R. Apgar Triano, Hara Drinia, Luís Manuel Mota dos Santos Figueira, Dharmendra Kumar, Eliana Pereyra Fernández, Estrella Munín, Sara Satolli, Jean-José Ferracci Ceccaldi, Andreína García-Reyes, Tooky Mutondraso, Elena Egidio, Del W. Ferguson, Lesley Hymers, Guy Shungu, Teresa Scolamacchia, Pavlos Tyrologou, Nuria Guirado-Romero, Arman Jafarian, Ricardo Pereira, Enrique Bernárdez Rodríguez, Pariphat Promduangsri, Pimnutcha Promduangsri, Maria Manousaki, José Enrique Novoa Jerez, Laura Daniela Jiménez Prada, Magnus Johansson, Sedigheh Seifilaleh, Ana Maria de Morais Caldas Antão, Dante Garcia, Carlos Gabriel Asato, Bahman  Rashidi, Sergey Smirnov, Viviana Re, Ana Patricia Pérez Fortes, Ahmed Oussou, Mário Gomes, Luís Mota Figueira, Haydon Mort, Geologize Ltd, Leslie Mabon, Sergio Bovini, Younus Ahmed Khan, Uriah Alexander Lar, Sumit Das, Mahnaz Fallah, Emmaline M. Rosado González, Iordanis Dimitriadis, Sandra Lourenço Amaro, João Miguel Caldeira de Oliveira, Dhiraj Banerjee, Gallino Di Credico, Denis Audo, Mike Walker, Joerg W. Schneider, Jörg Matschullat, Afat Serjani, Liubov Poshyvailo-Strube, Erika M. Robrahn-González, Luiz Fernando De Ros, Sarah Fortner, Cees van Westen, Simone Grimmer, Conrad Jackisch, Eduardo Silva, Francesco Gallo, Kirsten von Elverfeldt, Bhava Sivadas, Marko Mlinar, Nikolina Ilijanić, Marta Mileusnić, Medzida Mulic, Ivan Zagorchev, Marina Vdovets, Hermínia Sol, Alexander Vdovets, Anabela Quintela Nunes Veiga, César Rodríguez Ranero, Wladyslaw (Wlady) Altermann, Walter Andreeff, Mariana Nikolova, Djordjije A. Vasiljevic, Sergio A. Flores Castro, Elma Imamovic, Robert Kiefer, José Gilberto de Souza, Mehrnaz Siahi, Leonid Polyak, Luca Simonetti, Hycienth Nwankwoala, Paul M. Sawyer, Cristina Casareale, Luis Alberto Araujo Ramos, Pavel Azimov, Nima Nezafati, Kevin Page, Lucia Margheriti, Anatoly B. Belonoshko, Nils Lenhardt, Yuanjing Chen, Christof Völksen, Maria Drossou, Daniel Sydney, Vipin Srivastava, Sonja Viljoen, Francesca Zuccarello, Paulo de Tarso Amorim Castro, Eurico R. de Paula, Renata Guimarães Netto, Patricia Balistieri, Paulo Sergio Gomes Paim, Francisco Tognoli, Александр Коников, Lidia Vignol, Naima Bouhsane, Tracey Mckay, Sergio Chávez-Pérez, Fernando Corfu, Humberto Suguimitzu M., Pushkar Pradhan, Luisa Migliorati, Elena Nikolaeva, Jonas R. de Souza, Juan Carlos Herguera, James R. Rice, Kirsten Menking, Martin Tygel, Luis Buatois, Maximiliano Paz, Silvério Figueiredo, Romain C. Gougeon, Birgit Kuna, Richard Redfern, Sudipta Dasgupta, Afroz Ahmad Shah, Bernie Masters, Nino Pavliashvili, Tiziana Lanza, Rudolf Pavuza, Andrew Abraham, Gabriela Mángano, Hamid Nazari, Laura Mourato, Maria I. Vélez, Boris Braun, Nancy A. Van Wagoner, Tony Chukwuma, Sandra Garcia Gabas, Debora Campetella, Medard Thiry, Matthias Sehrig, Fernando Silva da Fonseca Marques, José Sellés-Martínez, José López Gómez, Gurmeet Kaur, Víctor Cárdenes Van den Eynde, Ana Maciel de Carvalho, Adil Neziraj, Anna Petts, Sangeeta Gupta, Luisa Galgani, Isidoros Kampolis, Ulrich Ermann, Deon Knights, Iris Vuković Kartal, Davinia Díez-Canseco, Alessia Pica, Dario Zampieri, Pablo Suarez-Gonzalez, Eulalia Masana, Enrique Díaz Martínez, José María Toyos, Elvira Martín Suárez, David Tyler, Geoff Garbett, Juan A. Rodriguez Garcia, Richard Ashley, Garry Gauss, Marga Zango Pascual, Colin Mazengarb, Jonathan King, Mervyn Jones, Jean Notley, Hassan Bekheite, Hülya İnaner, Lars Erikstad, Andrei Dörre, Vitor M. R. do Nascimento, Uzair Siddique, Tobias Heckmann, Wladyslaw (Wlady) Altermann

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Poem by Fereydoun Moshiri, a contemporary Iranian poet (thanks to Hamid Nazari)

Put down your gun
That I hate to see this awkward bloodthirsty
The gun in your hand means:
The language of fire and iron

But I am the founder of this tool
I have nothing but the language of the heart
A heart full of your love, with the friendship of the enemy

The language of fire and iron
The language is anger and bloodshed
The language of anger is Changizi
Come sit down, say listen, maybe
The light of humanity, open the way in your heart

Brother! If you call me, sit like a brother
Put down your gun
Put down your gun to get rid of your body
This man-killing demon will come out

What do you know about human religion?
If God gave his life
Why should you close?
Why should this brother be neglected for a moment
Rolling in dirt and blood?

I got in all circumstances, truth-telling and truth-seeking
And you are right
But right dear Brother
By the force of this incomprehensible language fire
Should not be sought

If this is the time, wake up your sleepy conscience
Put down your gun
Put down your gun
Put down your gun
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